The BWT Racing Point Formula One team endured a tough British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit on Sunday.
Nico Hulkenberg who was driving in place of Sergio Perez who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week returned to Formula One and qualified 13th but failed to start the race and speaking following the action the German said:
It’s a real shame that I couldn’t start the race and I feel for the team because they did everything to get me onto the grid. I’m very thankful to everyone for their help. It’s been a jump into the deep end this weekend, but I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work with the team again. It would have been great to score a good result in the race as a reward for all our hard work.
Racing Point CEO and Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer commented following the race saying:
“A tough afternoon – starting with a power unit or gearbox issue, which meant Nico didn’t even make the start of the race. The first indication of a problem was when we tried to fire up the car to go to the grid. There was basically a drivetrain seizure, the cause of which is still being investigated. It’s a shame for the entire team after such a huge effort to get Nico in the car. With Lance, we were especially unlucky with the timing of the safety car, which also ruled out any strategic benefit of starting on the medium tyres. After that, we were stuck in the train of cars and struggled with our race pace – certainly compared to the long runs we did on Friday. We need to understand where we lost out today so we can be stronger next week.”
Lance Stroll started Sunday’s race from sixth and finished 9th and speaking following the race the Canadian said:
We were able to keep up our run of scoring points in every race this season, but I’m disappointed to only finish in P9 and we need to go away and look into the reasons why. The balance of the car was better today and I expected us to be more competitive, but we slipped back in the race. It wasn’t our day today, so now we need to focus on next weekend and make sure we come back stronger and show what the car is capable of. It’s a shame Nico couldn’t start the race because he’s done a good job this weekend.”